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ATHENS, Ohio – Fresh from spring break, teams of Ohio University students are frantically prepping for the culmination of one of the nation’s best-known – and most lucrative – college innovation competitions. On March 23, seven teams will come together for the “Pitch Day” finale of the third annual Scripps Innovation Challenge, a university-wide contest to come up with creative solutions to real-world media and communication problems. At stake: $25,000 in prizes and the chance to compete for the inaugural Scripps International Innovators Cup, pitting them against winners of similar innovation contests at other colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Read More

If there’s one common concern that unites college students everywhere, it’s finding a job after graduation. However, college students are learning that extracurricular experiences in college can really help them stand out and land a job. Opportunities like the Scripps Innovation Challenge (SIC) at Ohio University might be the deciding factor between getting a dream job and having to compromise. Leah Petrovich, broadcast major and 2013 alumna, knew the feeling all too well when she said goodbye to Athens two years ago and took a position as a broadcast sports intern at WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh. Petrovich had spent the past four years at OU studying broadcast journalism, but after working for five months in the field, she wasn’t sure it was the right path for her. Read More

The Scripps Innovation Challenge is headed into its third year as a competition for Ohio University students to create solutions to real-world issues and compete for $25,000 in prizes. At the kick-off event on Thursday, Oct. 30, Associate Dean for Innovation at Scripps College of Communication Michelle Ferrier encouraged all Ohio University students to participate. Read More

Ohio University senior Alex Harshaw, a Scripps Innovation Challenge participant and president of the Entrepreneurship Club, spent his summer in New York City as a digital media intern at DreamIt Ventures, a media/tech accelerator in Manhattan. Harshaw, who studies in the School of Media Arts & Studies in the Scripps College of Communication, was a member of one of the seven teams to make it to the final Scripps Innovation Challenge Pitch Day on April 21, 2014. His team, Merge Media, created a hyperlocal news app that engages users throughout the news cycle. The team took home an honorable mention prize from the challenge, but decided not to commercialize the idea. Read More

ATHENS, Ohio (July 2, 2014)—The team EG 501 came up with an algorithm to monetize the Columbus Dispatch’s 190,000 Twitter followers through identifying communities on social media and customizing tweets to better serve existing followers. Its method landed the team of three the $10,000 first prize amount on Pitch Day of the Scripps Innovation Challenge student competition on Monday, April 21. Now two of the team members are taking their idea further. Read More

The second annual Scripps Innovation Challenge, a media innovation contest sponsored by the Scripps College of Communication and open to all students at Ohio University, concluded Monday, April 21 on the main campus of Ohio University in Athens when Team E.G. 501 took home the $10,000 first prize for its pitch to monetize the Columbus Dispatch’s 190,000 Twitter followers through identifying communities on social media and customizing tweets to better serve existing followers. Read More

ATHENS, Ohio (April 16, 2014)—The second Scripps Innovation Challenge at Ohio University will conclude Monday, April 21 with Pitch Day, when seven teams of finalists will present their innovative solutions to challenges posed by the media industry. Four judges representing a variety of media professions will award $25,000 in prizes. The event will take place from 2 to 5:30 p.m. in Baker Center Ballroom B and is free and open to the public. Read More

The Scripps College of Communication announces a series of events that will connect speakers and students on the topic of innovation as part of the Scripps Innovation Challenge (SIC). A SIC Kickoff, featuring a panel of four professionals, is set for Tuesday, Feb. 11. Read More

This Friday, January 24th, Dan Dahlen presents “Where’s The Beef?” for this year's first SIC workshop. The workshops are intended to help students refine their ideas and meet other interested students. Dan Dalen will talk on "How do you know if you’ve got a winning business idea?” A representative from Alden Library will be on hand to get students started on industry research. Read More

Visiting Professional Andy Alexander will announce the 2014 competition during Scripps Day on October 8, highlighting the new features of this year's contest in Baker 240. Read More